Security on Android is no longer the exaggerated problem it once was. The phones, tablets, smartwatches, and streaming devices powered by the platform are all safe and secure. We’ve known that for years to be honest. This week, however, Google made an effort to bring its care for security to the forefront. Google Play Protect is a “comprehensive security services” package for Android devices that’ll monitor behavior and protect your data.
Developers are continuing to see growth for their Android apps.
Android Device Manager is Google’s system for locating and tracking a lost or stolen device. It’s not flashy, but it works.
As had been rumored, at Google I/O‘s keynote address today the company announced a major step forward in their offering in the virtual reality headset market with the upcoming release of a standalone VR headset. The new units are expected to be ready for retail purchasers before the end of the year with units from HTC and Lenovo in the pipeline. In addition to the support from hardware manufacturers, Google has developed a new system called WorldSense to provide positional tracking for the units.
During the keynote address at Google I/O 2017 today, Google announced a major expansion of Actions on Google. The big, most immediate news related to the framework used to build voice activated apps is that support is being enabled through the Google Assistant on Android and iOS devices. Eventually the ability to use Actions on Google will expand to any and all platforms that the Google Assistant is able to operate on. Along with the expansion of availability, Google also announced Actions on Google will be able to support financial transactions.
At Google I/O 2017 today, Google announced that they were bringing their virtual assistant to as many devices as possible thanks to the Google Assistant SDK. Going one step further, they also announced that they were bringing the powerful artificial intelligence app to Apple’s ecosystem, too. Watch out, Siri.
One major announcement from the I/O 2017 keynote that might fly under your radar is Google’s announcement of a Google Assistant SDK. That doesn’t sound particularly flashy, but it’s the first step in Google’s plan to bring its AI assistant to as many devices as possible, not just smartphones and Google Home.
Google Photos is one of the best new services that’s come out of the search giant, and it just keeps gaining steam. At today’s I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced that Photos has hit an incredible 500 million monthly users, and they’re rolling out a handful of new features to try and build that number up even further.
During the Google I/O 2017 keynote, not only did the Mountain View company announce that Android is now actively running on 2 billion devices, but a new initiative coming soon will allow for all smartphones, regardless of power and specs, to run a smooth and great Android experience. Enter Android Go.
Android O looks like an exciting new release for Android, but it’s not set for release for another few months. Fortunately, if you happen to own a Pixel or newer Nexus device and have a brave mindset, you can go ahead and sign up to test out the beta from the Google I/O 2017 keynote ahead of everyone else.
While many smartphones are still waiting for their Android 7.0 Nougat update, Google is charging full steam ahead with the developer preview for the platform’s next release: Android O. Today, during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming with Android O, including picture-in-picture support, smart text selection, OS security enhancements, and more.
The Google Home smart speaker was one of the first products to utilize the powerful Google Assistant artificial intelligence platform. In direct competition with Amazon Alexa, Google Home provides you with smart and voice-dictated information that syncs across all of your Google services and apps. Today during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google announced a host of new features coming to Google Home including hands-free calling, Spotify integration, calendar reminders, and more.
Google I/O is always a massive event for the Mountain View company, and while it’s not just about Android, the popular mobile operating system hit an impressive milestone with 2 billion active Android devices worldwide.
Today during the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced a new feature called Google Lens that will bring it’s powerful machine learning platform to your smartphone camera to help you identify what’s around you.